From the deep jewel tone Emerald in 2013, the color experts at Pantone have turned to an intriguing purple, for their color of the year 2014 Radiant Orchid. Pantone says of next years hue, “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Pantone offers these ways of creating exciting new looks using Radiant Orchid in tandem with other colors:

  • Olive and deep hunter greens
  • Turquoise and teal
  • Pale yellows
  • Neutrals including gray, beige and taupe

Pinterest boards are alive with ideas for bringing rooms to life with Radiant Orchid in all its purple splendor. Exciting this feminine hue works wonderfully in modern interior spaces. Here are a few beautiful and interesting possibilities for infusing modern rooms with this intriguing hue:

An elegant modern look, this large dining space with long banquette seating beautifully merges purple, fuchsia and Radiant Orchid.

In a light and bright dining room, Radiant Orchid meets minty green and forms an utterly appealing color palette.

Radiant Orchid plays wells with all sorts of bright hues, including red and reds with a peach or orange undertone. Did you notice the pop of pale lime and what a great contrast it brings to the room?

Here, the deeper and more vivid side of Radiant Orchid works as a lovely accent to pale gray, cream and white.

Who knew a modern minimalist all white space could look even more stunning with a punch of purple. Radiant Orchid brings a rich infusion of color to this bedroom retreat.

Wall art is a visual feast in this pale living room. Radiant Orchid hues are combined with inky purple and splashes of orangey red in a massive modern painting.

All alluring curves and pristine white, this captivating open living space comes to life with Radiant Orchid hues in pillows, cushions and textiles.

Radiant Orchid shows up in a transitory form in this modern white kitchen. Fresh-cut flowers can be use effectively to bring a temporary infusion of vibrant color to any space.


Currently, the web is abuzz with design writers, bloggers and even big media giving their take on Pantone's chosen hue.  Check out what they're saying. 


Jennifer Ott, interior designer and Houzz contributor, shares the best ways to use radiant orchid in contemporary spaces


In her coverage, Apartment Therapy Executive Editor Janel Laban says of the trending hue, "Guts. It takes some design chutzpah to embrace a bold hue like Radiant Orchid for an overall wall color." 


Even the NY Time's builder correspondent, Michelle Krueger gives her take on the seductive floral hue, along with a cool comprehensive list of the Pantone's last 13 Colors of the Year. 


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